In his second TV interview in two days, “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson once again sidestepped questions about how he’s doing in the wake of his break-up with “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart following her admission that she cheated on him.
Pattinson’s answers — in which he comes across as sheepish, self-deprecating and at least a little bit charming (well, very charming, if you’re one of his young female fans) — are certainly shrewd. But it’s also true that his interviewers have let him evade their questions by tip-toeing around the subject matter.
In this second interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos raised the topic of the turmoil in Pattinson’s private life by not mentioning the details at all — including uttering the name of Kristen Stewart.
“I gotta get the elephant in the room out of the way,” Stephanopoulos said, just after presenting Pattinson with some comforting breakfast food — a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. “Everyone wants to know how are you doing, and what do you want your fans to know about what’s going on in your personal life?”
“You know, they seem pretty excited about kind of whatever [he does],” said Pattinson — sheepishly — as he gestured toward the fans assembled outside of the “GMA” studio window in New York’s Times Square. Then he lifted the cereal box and said, “I’d like my fans to know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch only has 30 calories a bowl, for instance!”
“I take it that you don’t want to talk too much about it,” Stephanopoulos said, giving Pattinson an easy way out. “Is that the way you handle all of this craziness by just trying to put …?”
“It’s a different thing,” Pattinson said, “You get into [the acting business] to do movies. I mean I’ve never been interested in trying to sell my personal life and that’s really the only reason people bring it up. The reason you go on TV is to promote the movies.”
That’s pretty much how Pattinson’s “interview” with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” went on Monday night. Stewart tried to break the ice, and soften up his guest, by bringing out two pints of comfort food of his own — Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Then Stewart also danced around the topic of Pattinson’s private life and the actor evaded Stewart’s questions before they moved on to Pattinson’s new movie.
Our take: What this subject needs is an interviewer who’s not reluctant to ask Pattinson point blank, in direct language everyone understands: What’s up with you and Kristen Stewart? How are you feeling today about how she cheated on you? And most importantly: How on Earth are the two of you ever going to get together to make future “Twilight” movies? And if you cannot, then is the “Twilight” series over?
Who would ask such questions? Howard Stern, for one, and for another, David Letterman. But we don’t think Pattinson’s booked to appear with either of them any time soon.